Posted: January 31, 2014 in India, Photography, Travel
Tags: India, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Pondy, South India, TamilNadu, Tourism, Travel
Last month I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to travel to Pondicherry with my mother!
We took a flight from Mumbai to Chennai and hired a car at Chennai airport to drop us to Pondy. On our way we visited Mahabalipuram as well.
Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town made up of mostly rock-cut monuments clearly spelling Buddhist elements in their design. Mahabalipuram is very close to the sea and has beautiful cave temples, chariots and sculpted rock-cut walls.
The following 4 days in Pondicherry were filled with amazing French, Franco-Tamil and Chettinad cuisine.
Pondicherry has a lot to offer actually… from clean beaches to French colonial architecture, from pretty lanes, to backwaters, from forts to churches and from great shopping markets to Auroville… there’s really a lot to see and do.
I really hope you like the photos - the view of Pondy from my little iPhone. Totally recommend a visit!
Posted: January 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Have I introduced you to Cherry before? I don’t think so.
Meet Cherry! The newest member of our family. She is a 10 months old Beagle.
Cherry likes cartons, bottles, clothes and shoes. Basically all chew-able things.
She is still very young and we have made several attempts to train her… but lets just say it is difficult to train a dog as curious and spirited as Cherry.
Well, I’m only introducing her in this little collage. Will keep you posted on her growth in the coming posts.
Happy New year everyone!
Have a blast!
Posted: December 30, 2013 in Dogs, Family, Pets
Tags: Cherry, Dog, Family, Pets
Welcome to Lisbon!
This is my second visit to Lisbon in the last 5 years. I don’t know what it is about Portugal that takes me back to the country.
Is it the food? the wine? the people? or the weather?
Is it because of my sweet memories in Rossio or the Vasco Da Gama bridge or the color of the sea?
I can’t explain… so I’ll let the pictures talk.
Beautiful street view from Belem
The famous tram!
On the way to the castle
What a unique way to know who stayed where!
A glimpse of the bridge from the city
Top view of the square
Inside the castle
Vasco Da Gama!
Tile and cork
Now in the royal palace of Cintra
In the Royal gardens
In Portugal, every time you click you camera button, you think you have taken a postcard pic. The place is simply beautiful.
Posted: June 27, 2013 in Europe, Photography, Travel
Tags: Belem, Europe, Lisbon, Photography, Portugal, Sintra, Travel, Vasco Da Gama
Posted: June 23, 2013 in Europe, Photography, Spain, Travel
Tags: Andalucia, Europe, Holiday, Photography, Sevilla, Seville, Spain, Summer, Travel
So this year, my husband and I decided to take a summer trip to Spain. Just a few days after our decision, another couple from our friends decided to join us on this trip. The planning went on for months and finally, we started our journey to Spain on 25th May. We started with Madrid, then went to Seville, then Malaga and then Barcelona. Unfortunately, the other couple had limited holidays, so they had to return to Mumbai from Barcelona; my husband and I continued our trip to Lisbon and then London.
Although I visited so many cities in this trip and as you would imagine, clicked thousands of photos, I am using this post only to show you a glimpse of Seville – our most favourite city in Spain!
Sevilla (Seville) is the capital of Andalucia region in southern Spain. The city is situated on the banks of the beautiful and serene Guadalquivir River. Buzzing festivals, bright colours, bullfights and Flamenco happen to be some of the most popular features of Seville.
The Seville Cathedral
The white villages of Andalucia
Plaza de Espana
The Tobacco Factory
Apparantly, the most expensive hotel in Seville
The Kissing Square
Street View from our hotel – Pension Gala
The Bandares Neighbourhood
R with his bike
Seville is developing itself more and more as a cycling city. The large and omnipresent cycle lanes give you an opportunity to discover this city in a fun, safe and quick way. Cycling is also an easy way to discover the lesser known suburbs of Seville. So we chose to hire bikes and ride!
Chilling in the park.. break time
Torre del Orro
The Bullfight Ring
I don’t think my pics can to justice to this beautiful toy city. Our experience in Seville was so rejuvenating that even now when I close my eyes and remember this city, I feel kind of mesmerized.
To cut it short… here is my final line. Do not miss Seville when you visit Spain.
Friendship is not saying the right thing at the right time
Friendship is covering for your friend because he would do the same for you
Friendship is to forgive mistakes because loyalty and relationship is what matters more
Friendship is not having to say “you are a bitch” but knowing it and living with it
Friendship is not about picking sides.. it’s about being there for your friend whenever he needs you
Friendship is about fighting and getting back.. not about holding grudges.
Friendship is not about right and wrong.. it’s about seeing from your friend’s perspective
Friendship is fights, confrontation and being true.. even if that seems intimidating
Friendship was when I told you that I care .. and when I told you you are being stupid.. and when I asked you to be careful.. and when you did the same for me
Friendship was when we cried together and we laughed together.. when I did silly things and you asked me if I was out of my mind
Friendship was when we loved unconditionally and we sacrificed generously.. when pretence was not a part of our life
Friendship was beautiful while it lasted. Unfortunately, it did not last forever.
Posted: February 23, 2013 in India, Lifestyle, Nature, Photography, Travel, Wines
Tags: Nashik, Photography, Sula, Travel, Vineyard, Wines, York
Last weekend for me was supremely relaxing! We spent 2 days at the vineyards in Nashik. It feels so great to unwind with brilliant wines after a tiring week at work! Here is my little picture story from the last weekend… hope you enjoy reading it and make a plan to visit Sula or York or both soon!
Our drive to Nashik was very comfortable. It took about 3 hours from Mumbai. We were not particularly driving fast (husband was driving ;). There was unbelievably less traffic on the road and the scene was beautiful!
Our travel plan was not really made well in advance. So in spite of wanting to stay at Sula, we could not get a room there and we chose to stay at Express inn – which is one of the hotels recommended by Sula on their website (due to proximity to Sula I guess) and is right on the highway connecting Mumbai and Nasik (so there is no need to enter the city).
We reached Sula Vineyards in the afternoon and the view was spectacular. Everything was so much better than I had imagined! There was a beautiful Vineyard, a wine tasting room and a deck with a great view of the vineyard, 2 restaurants, the wine making tour and a so many more things!
After a satisfying wine tasting and some shopping (Shiraz – Dindori Reserve) we headed back to our hotel right after the sunset. This is the view from the elevator of our hotel. I’m glad we chose Express inn!!!
The next morning we chose to visit another Vineyard called York. York is also located on the same road that Sula is. It is about 3 km ahead on the same road. We had not heard much about this place except from a friend’s little sister, so were quite excited to check it out. Again, we were pleasantly surprised by York. The place has an extraordinary view (I may say even better than that of Sula). We were going to drive back post lunch so we didn’t indulge in the wine tasting at York.. but bought a few bottles of their late Harvest Chenin Blanc and had It later after reaching Mumbai. Delicious! Apparently, the wine is available ay Nature’s Basket.
The drive back was also very comfortable. This was yet another successful road trip. And now I can’t wait to visit once again!
If you are not visiting my blog for the first time today, you probably know that I love travelling and taking photos on my trips.
For a change, this post is not about some place I have already visited.
This one is about those thousands of places out there that I am yet to explore!
For a while now, I have been collecting pictures on Pinterest. Pictures of places I’d like to visit..
This post is about my gorgeous aspirations.
Dordogne River Valley, France
Lake Louise, Canada
Ocean View, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – need to revisit!
Somewhere in Italy
St. Emilion France
St. Emilion France
The Forgotten Temple of Lysistrata, Portugal
The village of Loutro on the Greek island of Crete
Tunnel of Lights, Japan
Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe Side
Yellowstone National Park
By the way, I keep adding pics to my little ‘board’ on Pinterest. You could follow my board to see more impressive pictures by clicking here.
You could also follow my other boards on Pinterest by clicking here.
Posted: February 9, 2013 in Europe, Lifestyle, Nature, Photography, Travel
Tags: Amalfi Coast, Barcelona, Canada, Cantabria, Dordogne River Valley, Europe, Forgotten Temple, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lake Louise, lake louise canada, Loutro, Lysistrata, Petra, Photography, Portugal, Russia, Sagrada Famalia, sagrada familia barcelona, Spain, St. Emilon, St. Petersburg, Travel, Tuscany, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Posted: January 13, 2013 in India, Photography, Travel
Tags: Bambolim, Goa, Hyatt, India, instagram, luxury, Photography, Travel
This week I got lucky again! So this time, my company’s conference was in Bambolim, Goa.
I spent 2 nights and 3 days in the Grand Hyatt there!
As you would expect, I didn’t have enough time to go out of the hotel, but I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the hotel and using its facilities.
Here are the few pictures I took in this heavenly place.
Wasn’t carrying my fancy camera so these are all clicked and instagramed on my iPhone 4.